Four days after an environmental group filed a legal challenge to no-bid leases that allow Florida Crystals to farm on state land in the Everglades for another 30 years, a lawmaker called by the company filed a measure to quash the complaint.
The Florida Wildlife Federation filed an administrative complaint April 11, challenging leases on nearly 2,300 acres of land in southwestern Palm Beach County. The federation contends the renewed leases, approved by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet, sitting as the State Board of Trustees, would allow fertilizer pollution from sugar cane fields to flow into the Everglades for decades.
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